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Mediterranean Ports of Call (1941)

A James A. FitzPatrick short in his Traveltalk series, concentrating on the ports of Algiers and Monaco in the Mediterranean.

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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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It's a hazy day in Algiers. Aerial views of the city start the tour as an off-screen narrator summarizes its history as a port of pirates and now the French empire. In the market and the Casbah, Mohammedan women, in traditional garb, allow a stranger's gaze. The languor of the coffee house contrasts with the work of a solitary mule at a well's draught wheel. It's on to Monte Carlo, where 24,000 residents pay no income tax, thanks to revenue from postage stamps, a gas tax, and a casino tax. The camera pans the famous casino, the palace, the cathedral, and Suicide Terrace. It ends with an aerial shot of the harbor and a look toward the Blue Coast. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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port | monaco | casino | empire | palace | See All (32) »

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Documentary | Short

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4 January 1941 (USA)  »

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(RCA Recording)

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Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
In the score for Monaco
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Another "Ports of Call" from 1941--an entry not listed under IMDb's FitzPatrick's TravelTalks...
16 April 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Here is another Technicolor "Ports of Call" entry, Mediterranean PORTS OF CALL ('41), that is not listed under James A. FitzPatrick's credits but was shown today on TCM, not to be confused with "Colorful Ports of Call" from 1934.

It's a Technicolor short, a 9-minute documentary that concentrates on Algiers and Monaco.

The Algiers segment deals mainly with the Casbah (no Charles Boyer in sight), the busy market populated with people from France, Africa and Arabia. Shown is a beautiful war monument celebrating Algeria's part in World War II under French auspices and mention of the French Foreign Legion is made.

Then we switch to the picturesque port of call of Monaco, a principality under France and the palace of the Prince of Monaco that looms over the waterfront even at a distance. A short discussion of Monaco's policies (no income tax) and its economy partially subsidized by France as views of Monaco's port are shown, gleaming in the sunlight. A high cliff overlooking the sea was named Suicide Rock for all those who jumped from it in the past.

The short ends with a shot of Monaco's quaint looking harbor as the suns goes down. Nice entry in the "ports of call" department.


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